Category Archives: Legislation

Export Controls in Flux

By Ken Schramko, senior director, North American government relations U.S. export control rules have changed significantly over the last decade, and more changes are expected as policymakers tackle the treatment of new and foundational technologies and respond to geopolitical developments. To help electronics companies comply with these rules and stay abreast of developments, IPC recently […]

Political Uncertainties Raise Doubts on Both Sides of Atlantic

On both sides of the Atlantic, the political waters are turbulent, creating uncertainties about the opportunities for meaningful policy actions. In Washington, D.C., things are getting back to “normal” after a five-week government shutdown that was prompted by President’s Trump demand for a US-Mexico border wall. To end that standoff, the White House and Congress […]

IPC Working to Inform U.S. Defense Electronics Report

Pursuant to Section 845 of the Fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is required to provide an assessment of the defense electronics industrial base to Congress by January 31, 2019. IPC has been the primary champion for this study, which reflects the need for a comprehensive evaluation of […]

Consultation on the Interface Between the EU’s Chemical, Product and Waste Legislation

The European Union promotes a “circular economy” with closed-loop production based as much as possible on reparability, reusability and recycling. But in order for more products to be recycled or reused, it is crucial to tackle the challenges at the source, by ensuring that the product design facilitates recycling, and by substituting, whenever feasible, hazardous […]

2019 European Elections Set to Shake-Up EU System

In May 2019 European elections will bring a large shake-up to the EU system. The composition of the new Parliament will be considerably different in terms of numbers and ideologies. Given these massive changes, this election will be decisive for the future of the EU. This infographic charts the twisted path to choosing a new […]

IPC Highlights Industry’s Concerns in Brussels, Ahead of IMPACT Europe 2018

In our ongoing efforts to represent IPC members’ interests in policy debates worldwide, IPC’s Vice President of Global Government Relations Chris Mitchell recently traveled to Brussels, Belgium, where he had a series of meetings with European Union policy makers, along with Nicolas Robin, IPC’s new senior director, Europe. Chris and Nicolas met with decision-makers from […]

IPC Supports Historic Tax Reform Bill

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, December 19, 2017 – IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced its support for the conference report on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which is under consideration in the U.S. House and Senate. Final votes in each chamber are expected this week and could happen as soon as today. Several […]

Tax Reform on the Move in Washington, D.C.

By Ken Schramko, government relations director Comprehensive tax reform is on the move in the U.S. Congress. On Thursday, November 2, Republican leaders in the U.S. House unveiled a comprehensive tax reform proposal and signaled plans to seek approval in the full House by Thanksgiving. Senate Republicans also are crafting a bill, which they aim […]

Treasury Report Calls for End of Conflict Minerals Regulations

The Treasury Department has called for scrapping corporate reporting requirements on conflict minerals and other topics. The department, in an October 6 report on growing the economy stated, “federal securities laws are ill-equipped to achieve such policy goals, and the effort to use securities disclosure to advance policy goals distracts from their purpose of providing […]

CPSC Hearing Reviews Petition to Ban Organohalogen Flame Retardants in Electronics Casings

On Thursday, September 14, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) held a hearing on petition CPSC-2015-0022; Petition Requesting Rulemaking on Products Containing Organohalogen Flame Retardants. The petition was filed by a group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) asking the CPSC to ban the use of organohalogen flame retardants in several products, including the (outer) plastic […]